Author aims to save sexual abuse service

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A MAN from Nuthall has written an intimate account of his life story in a bid to save an abuse help service from the axe.

Patrick Tobin has detailed the sexual abuse he suffered as a child and the mental health problems he suffered as a consequence to highlight the importance of ISAS – a Nottingham-based charity threatened with the axe under county council budget cuts.

Mr Tobin says he wants to raise awareness of the charity through his book, and raise money to help keep it going.

The 45-year-old, who tried to take his life several times, said it was ‘fundamental’ the charity was kept going.

“They (ISAS) have helped me so much. It changed my life and was a massive thing for me. It’s difficult for men to come forward, particularly if they have been sexually abused.”

The Moon’s Last Gasp draws on what Mr Tobin calls his ‘colourful life’ growing up in St Ann’s, Nottingham.

He talks about his life in and out of children’s psychiatric units and specialist schools and how he broke into the music industry aged 21.

But it goes on to detail how months later, he started with severe mental health problems.

He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act whilst recording his first single at London’s famous Park Lane Studios.

After being put in touch with ISAS – Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors – Mr Tobin overcame chronic alcoholism and self harm.

He said: “The subject matter of my book may appear to be a dour and dark because it deals with severe mental health issues and sexual abuse.

“It is, however, a humorous account of my life and is more about how I coped and developed a self autonomy and belief that was enhanced by the fantastic work of ISAS.

“Serious conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar can, I believe, be better managed by the individual without the need for heavy medication and sedation.”

ISAS is the only free service and advice line in the Midlands available to men and their partners to talk about their experiences.

The Moon’s Last Gasp is currently online and will be available in print shortly. Visit chipmunkapublishing.com.